||On The Deccan Plateau And
||Bangles, Minarets, Pearl
Valley In India Capital City
of Andhra Pradesh
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Hyderabad, the capital city of Andhra Pradesh is a bustling 400-year-old
metropolis with an urban population of 4.2 million people approximately.
Hyderabad is located on the Deccan Plateau and the Musi River, 650m above
sea level. The physiography of Hyderabad is dominated by hills, tanks,
forests, and rock formations.
The History of Hyderabad
The history of Hyderabad begins with the establishment of the Qutub Shahi
dynasty. Quli Qutub Shah seized the reins of power from the Bahamani kingdom
in 1512 and established the fortress city of Golconda. Inadequacy of water,
and frequent epidemics of plaque and cholera persuaded Mohammad, the fifth
Quli Qutub Shahi ruler to venture outward to establish the new city with the
Charminar as its center and with four great roads fanning out in the four
cardinal directions. Hyderabad's fame, strategic location and Golconda's
legendary wealth attracted Aurangazeb who captured Golconda after a long
siege in 1687. After this defeat the importance of Hyderabad declined and
the city fell into partial ruin.
As the Mughal Empire decayed and began to disintegrate, the viceroy, Asaf
Jah I proclaimed himself the Nizam and established independent rule of the
Deccan. Hyderabad once again became a major capital city, ruled by
successive Nizams of the Asaf Jah dynasty until the state was merged into
the Indian Union in 1948.
Hyderabad - The City Of Two Aspects
The city is cosmopolitan, and is richly endowed with a variety of cultures.
While Muslim people are concentrated more towards the old city like
Charminar, Secunderabad has got a more contemporary look with a
concentration of Anglo-Indians. The city of Hyderabad presents an attractive
amalgam of old world charm together with the ebullience of growth and
enterprise. Beautiful old edifices built in the medieval, Mughal, Colonial
and Indo-Saracenic styles abound, rubbing shoulders with large glass and
chrome temples of commerce.
Hyderabad is called as the second Silicon Valley in India after Bangalore.
Hyderabad has a Software Technology Park with leading industries like
Intergraph, UUNET, TCS, Wipro, Baan, Satyam, Park International, etc.
Hyderabad - The Pearl City Of India
The city of Hyderabad is famous for its minarets and its pearl bazaar.
Pearls from all over the world are said to come to Hyderabad because the
artisans here are skilled in piercing and stringing pearls without damaging
them. The city's gypsy tribes called 'Lambadas' and 'Banjaras' are known
throughout the country for their colourful costumes and Hyderabadi cuisine
is much sought after.
Making Of The Twin City - Secunderabad
In 1798, a subsidiary alliance for military and political cooperation was
signed between the Nizam and the British East India Company. Thereafter an
area north of what is now the Hussain Sagar Lake was established as a
cantonment. The area was named Secunderabad after the then Nizam, Sikander
Jah. Both Hyderabad and Secunderabad grew together and have now merged. An
imaginary line drawn across the Tank bund is still used to distinguish the
Hyderabad's 400-year-old culinary history, like its culture, is unmatched
by any other state in India. In fact Hyderabad was known for the spectacular
way its aristocracy entertained. Of all the Muslim cuisine, Hyderabadi is
the only cuisine of the sub-continent that can boast of a major vegetarian
element. This has much to do with the local influences. Considering that the
elite of the erstwhile Hyderabad state came from the north of India and was
almost entirely Muslim, this is a little surprising. The nation's
vegetarians, of course, stand to gain by it.
Some of the salient features of Hyderabadi food are the key flavours of
coconut, tamarind, peanuts and sesame seeds. The key spice is chilli, which
is used in abundance and is the reason for the sobriquet "Dynamite Food".
Other culinary delights of Hyderabad include 'Gosht', which is kid or baby
goat, and is more or less, synonymous with Hyderabadi food. 'Murgh', which
is chicken, is the second favourite. When it comes to gosht, Hyderabadis
prize the meat of the male goat.
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